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    3 Popular Skin Tightening Treatments + Beacon’s Insta Lift 

    Posted on January 27, 2023
    by Beacon Derm

    As we build up our life experiences, create memories, and gain wisdom, gravity, unfortunately, begins to work its magic on our outward appearance. Despite feeling youthful and vivacious, our skin's elasticity may tell a different story. 

    Believe it or not, there are a multitude of ways to firm up aging skin before opting for plastic surgery. 

    At Beacon, we are experts at rejuvenating the skin’s look and feel. We believe that non-invasive skin tightening treatments can be very effective in achieving the results you are looking for.  

    This blog will discuss 3 popular skin tightening treatments: Morpheus8, Thermage and Ultherapy. To come up with the most suitable treatment plan for you, a consultation with our team is the best route to take, but this list may help you make a start on your way to firmer skin. 

    A woman receiving skin tightening treatment

    3 Popular Skin Tightening Treatments 


    The advanced Morpheus8 technology employs both microneedling and fractional radio frequency to promptly deliver visible skin tightening outcomes.  

    It is important to note that Morpheus8 is often used as an umbrella term for this technology of skin tightening. You may have also heard of Morpheus Burst, Morpheus Resurfacing, and Morpheus Prime.  

    Each version of Morpheus8 is unique so it is important that the clinic you visit has the treatment you are looking for.  

    How Does it Work? 

    By employing bi-polar radio frequency to heat the skin's subdermal layer, Morpheus8 initiates a healing response in the body that encourages collagen production and remodels the skin, ultimately leading to enhanced skin elasticity and firmness.   

    About 3 weeks following treatment, the connective tissue of the skin will become tighter and stronger leaving the face looking lifted and full in previously hallowed areas. It will take up to 6 months to see the full results of Morpheus8.  

    Morpheus8 can produce results within just one treatment for the right candidate. With that being said, everyone’s skin type and skin concerns are unique, meaning it might take multiple treatments to achieve the intended outcome.  

    What Does it Treat? 

    Although the Morpheus8 device is primarily a skin tightening treatment, it can also improve skin texture. With that, the device can be used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and scars in several areas of the face ... 

    • Below the brow bone 
    • Under eye (up to the orbital rim) 
    • Around the Mouth 
    • Cheeks 
    • Neck 

    Morpheus8 can also tighten skin and treat skin texture on several areas of the body such as: 

    • Chest 
    • Arms 
    • Knees 
    • Abdomen  


    An effective non-invasive radiofrequency treatment, the Thermage system helps to smooth, lift, and redefine the contours of the skin for a revitalized and improved appearance. 

    How Does it Work? 

    Thermage uses mono-polar radiofrequency in a stamping motion to heat the deeper layers of the skin. Similar to Morpheus8, Thermage raises the skin temperature 10 degrees in under 2 minutes to inflict controlled injury to the skin.  

    This is done to target deep collagen fibers while a new cooling tip that slightly cools the surface of the skin for patient comfort. The heat works to separate water molecules from the fibrous collagen, creating a contraction of the skin which results in a lifting affect.  

    After the Thermage treatment is done, the secondary healing process then begins with the introduction of fresh collagen to the skin. This collagen will cause the skin to become tighter over time. The full results of this can be seen after 6 months. 

    What Does it Treat? 

    Thermage is an effective treatment for wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging on the face, neck, chest, and all over the body, such as the arms, abdomen, and knees.  


    Finally, Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses ultrasound technology to tighten and firm the skin.  

    How Does it Work? 

    Ultrasound waves are employed to deliberately injure the skin in a controlled manner. These sound waves target the deepest layers of the skin, encouraging the body to create more collagen, and improving the skin's suppleness and elasticity.   

    Further, the ultrasound imaging targets the specific area of concern to ensure that the energy is delivered to the intended area.  

    Similar to Morpheus8 and Thermage, it takes up to 6 weeks to see the final results of the treatment. One treatment can be enough to achieve the results you are looking for, but depending on the patient and their concerns, it could take more than one treatment. 

    What Does it Treat? 

    Ultherapy can be used to lift the skin on the face, neck, and chest. It can also be used on certain areas of the body such as the abdomen, arms, and knees.  

    Breakdown of Similarities & Differences 

    Morpheus8 vs. Ultherapy vs. Thermage comparison table

    Get an ‘Insta Lift’ at Beacon 

    At Beacon, we offer a variety of treatment options when it comes to skin tightening and tend to recommend combination treatment for the best results.  

    Among the treatments mentioned above, we offer Ultherapy for an insta lift. We believe that Ultherapy is the gold standard of skin tightening treatments producing impressive results, especially when combined with microneedling.  

    Another popular skin tightening treatment at Beacon is Darwin HIFU. This treatment combines HIFU, Refresh Radiofrequency, and microneedling. This treatment is specifically recommended for tightening the neck and achieving the non-surgical eye lift.  

    Ultimately, everyone has their own skin tightening needs and desires but Beacon has a team of experts in our Calgary clinic ready to help you find the perfect treatment plan. Come and start your journey today! 

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